Too Old To Be Useful

– by Michelle Du Toit

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.”– 2 Cor 1:3-7

“I am too old to do anything for the Kingdom of God,” she said, “it is up to the younger generations to do it now.” She was content to be in the fellowship of believers, an older, more mature believer who loved God deeply, but thought she had nothing useful to offer in service. I totally disagreed with her, because one such older women came into my life and shared her life with me. She told me how God helped her overcome struggles similar to mine, gave her strength to face her darkest times, and how she was totally convinced that God heard our prayers, no matter how desperate. I remember praising the Lord for her, not because she had answers to my questions, or solutions to my problems, but because she convinced me to keep trusting the Lord. 

Her words were: “If God can do this wonderful thing for me, He can do it for you.” Her presence in my life encouraged me because she had gained the wisdom I now needed. Her years of faith gave me courage. She had wisdom and compassion, and most of all she had time for me. Older people have that. I believe 2 Cor 1:3-7: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.” Older believers have a role to play in encouraging younger believers. Time and grey hair qualifies them. There is still much work to do in the Kingdom, believers need to be strengthened and encouraged by older believers, because the days are evil.


JOY! Magazine (November 2017)

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